Dillweed s Revenge A Deadly Dose of Magic Dillweed s parents go on adventures and leave him behind with Umblud the butler and Perfidia the maid who treat him like their slave Neither Umblud or Perfidia or the parents appreciate Dillweed s ch

  • Title: Dillweed's Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic
  • Author: Florence Parry Heide Carson Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780152063948
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dillweed s parents go on adventures and leave him behind with Umblud the butler and Perfidia the maid, who treat him like their slave Neither Umblud or Perfidia or the parents appreciate Dillweed s cherished pet, a creature named Skorped When they threaten Skorped s life and well being, Dillweed opens his black box and casts the runes, which releases smoky monsters, whoDillweed s parents go on adventures and leave him behind with Umblud the butler and Perfidia the maid, who treat him like their slave Neither Umblud or Perfidia or the parents appreciate Dillweed s cherished pet, a creature named Skorped When they threaten Skorped s life and well being, Dillweed opens his black box and casts the runes, which releases smoky monsters, who do the dirty deeds And then it s Dillweed turn to go on adventures Filled with nasty characters, beautiful details, and subtle humor, this stylish book follows in the tradition of the deliciously dark work of Edward Gorey, so Dillweed s happy ending undoubtedly means the end for someone else.

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    1. Florence Parry Heide Carson Ellis

      What do I like about writing for children Everything, says Florence Parry Heide, the award winning author of than sixty children s books, including the classic THE SHRINKING OF TREEHORN, illustrated by Edward Gorey I like the connection with children, the author says I like the connection with all kinds of book people And I like the connection with my childhood self, which is the most of me It is the most welcome and familiar of worlds There miracles abound indeed it is magical that something I might think of can be put into words, stories, ideas, and that those words end up in the heads of readers I will never meet Florence Parry Heide wrote SOME THINGS ARE SCARY, a humorous look at childhood bugaboos, than thirty years ago I had finished another book and was in the mood to write something else, she says I decided to get some kindling from the garage, reached into the kindling box and good grief grabbed something soft and mushy I fled back to the house, scared to death A brave return visit to the kindling box revealed the object of terror to be nothing than a discarded wet sponge, but the thought remained some things are scary As she recalls, What scared me as a child was that I d never learn how to be a real grownup and the fact is, I never did find out how it goes One thing Florence Parry Heide does have a good handle on is the concept of friendship, in all its humorous manifestations THAT S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, a tongue in cheek tale cowritten with Sylvia Van Clief in 1967, pokes at the tendency of well meaning friends to offer advice instead of help, and presents a valuable lesson about what true friendship means One of my many true sayings is A new friend is around the corner of every single day, the author declares Also true Friendships last And last Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Florence Parry Heide worked in advertising and public relations in New York City before returning to Pittsburgh during World War II After the war, she and her husband moved to Wisconsin, where they raised five children, two of whom have cowritten critically acclaimed books with their mother Florence Parry Heide now lives in Wisconsin.

    578 thoughts on “Dillweed's Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic”


    1. naturally i'm deeply in love with carson ellis' aesthetic and my inner weirdo is gleeful about darker themes in a picture book. horrible, neglectful parents are a major trope in children's lit already. i'm a little ruffled by the all white cast and the "fat, ugly, classless villain with a unibrow" thing.


    2. Is this truly a children's picture book? I would argue not. Dillweed lives an unfortunate life. Absent parents, and horrid "guardians." His lizard-dog (I guess) Skorped is his closest (read only) friend.A lot of odd choices were made in the creation of this book, but the illustrations are golden (unsurprisingly).




    3. Dillweed wants to go on adventures with his pet Skorped, but his parents neglect him and leave him behind and the servants treat him like a slave. When they all threaten Skorped, Dillweed releases his shadowy monsters and one by one they end up dead. With everyone out of the way, Dillweed finally gets to go on adventures of his own.The deaths and Dillweed's preceding dark magic are implied through the pictures but never directly stated. The text is simple, and the illustrations are expressive an [...]


    4. Recommended with Caution [return][return]The main characters name is Dillweed. He likes to go on adventures and have fun. Unfortunately, his parents go on adventures and have fun while leaving their son with abusive servants. Dillweed’s best friend is a blue creature named Skorped. The servants, Umblud and Perfidia, have plenty of chores for Dillweed to do while his parents are away. When Dillweed gets fed up with how he is treated, he somehow unleashes magic that makes the servants die by the [...]


    5. First off, I didn't look to see who the illustrator was, but when I looked at the first page I thought "The person who illustrated The Composer is Dead must have illustrated this book" so I looked, and sure enough, Carson Ellis is the illustrator! I think it's cool I'm starting to recognize illustrators' works.But, to be honest I'm really surprised this book exists! Some of the pictures could easily be deemed inappropriate as well as the storyline! So after I closed the book, I was a bit surpris [...]


    6. I have to say that it wasn’t as “deliciously dark” as Edward Gorey, but the humor is “subtle,” even for those with a morbid sense of humor (like me). The subtlety of the humor may be less so for those who appreciate classic European children’s tales (which is why Lowry’s book came to mind). Umblud and Perfidia are evil and the menacing ghostly demons are as violent as they, and in a more tasteful turn, the parents’ demise is unseen. They really shouldn’t have tried to get rid o [...]


    7. It's almost impossible to write a review without spoilers explaining my stance. So, fair warning: LOTS of spoilers ahead.This is a book about a neglected child whose only friend is his pet. His parents leave him alone (never taking him with them on their vacations and adventures) with the servants, who are mean to him, and make him do all manner of chores (ones they should, themselves be taking care of).So Dillweed plots his revenge (via evil spirits/ghosts) and both of the evil servants are kil [...]


    8. I was immediately drawn to this book, being a fan of Carson Ellis' illustrations-think Decemberists' posters and the covers of The Mysterious Benedict Society series. The story is dark and strange, complete with nasty adults and a series of coffins that immediately gets one thinking about Edward Gorey. Which, it turns out, is exactly where one's mind should go, as Edward Gorey illustrated Heide's Treehorn series in the 1970s.Dillweed and his strange pet, Skorped, are forced to do the servant's w [...]


    9. WHY: it's a bit dark for L's tastes right now, but in a year or two, he'll probably be ready. In the tradition of Edward Gorey and Hilaire Belloc. From the publisher's description: "Dillweed's parents go on adventures and leave him behind with Umblud the butler and Perfidia the maid, who treat him like their slave. Neither Umblud or Perfidia or the parents appreciate Dillweed's cherished pet, a creature named Skorped. When they threaten Skorped's life and well-being, Dillweed opens his black box [...]


    10. Dillweed is the unfortunate child of parents who care much more about themselves than about him. He is not neglected per se, but he doesn't get much parental love or attention. His parents like to travel and have a good time, and he wished he could too. In the tradition of Matilda, the Baudelaire kids and the Willoughbys, Dillweed is left mostly to his own devices. The ink and gouache illustrations are almost more eloquent than the story, and certainly more entertaining. The story has been done [...]


    11. I am not exactly sure what age group this children’s book is intended for but I do not recommend it for young children. The story is somewhat disturbing and I feel would be better suited for teenagers. The book is intended to be a horror story centered on Dillweed and the people in his life that do not treat him (and his pet Skorped) very well. Dillweed’s revenge comes in the form of a box that has magical stones inside that can make demons appear. While the story and art are very simple the [...]


    12. Wow! Between the poison and offing his parents with demon spirity things, I'm thinking this isn't a book for young kiddos. Very reminiscent ofThe Bad Beginning!


    13. The funny story about young Dillweed, who would love to have adventures. His parents have adventures. Not Dillweed. Dillweed is left at home to clean because the maid and butler always make Dillweed do the work when his parents are gone. And Dillweed's parents are always gone. But then, Dillweed decides that it's time for the adults in his life to get their come-uppance.I really want a pet Skorped. He's adorable.


    14. Like other reviewers I wonder at the intended audience. It has an older picture book feel and was in Juvenile vs. "E" for Everyone/early, but I can't think of a single child age 1-11 that I'd actually recommend it to. It's mildly interesting in a disturbing way, but I simply can't rate it any higher than a 2 star and THAT'S stretching things. Only reason I didn't rate it a 1 is I kinda like the pet, it does have a "happy ending" (if you can call it that), and I did finish the book


    15. Not for young children. This is for children who like the darker humor of some of Roald Dahl's books, Tadpole's Promise, and similar titles. Small children will probably not understand what is going on, but their parents may be appalled. I was amused and appalled in equal measure. Not for anyone under the age of 10. At least.


    16. I got this book for myself, knowing ahead of time that it was more suited to an older reader then to young children. I loved (LOVED) the illustrations by Carson Ellis, and thought the book to be wickedly dark and funny. The story is good, but I found myself tripping a bit over the writing, so that is why I am giving it 4 stars rather then 5.


    17. I'll be adding this to my booklist of children you don't want to meet in a dark alleyough to be quite fair to Dillweed, everyone deserved exactly what they got. Simple sentences pair perfectly with detailed illustrations to tell a sort of Cinderella story where our boy hero and his animal friend Skorped live happily ever after.


    18. I liked it well enough, especially the illustrations which did have an Edward Gorey-esque feel. But probably not something I'd want to read to a kid (the main character is an abused and neglected boy whose only friend is a blue lizard thing and he goes on a revenge-fuelled murder spree via shadow monsters, whaaat), in which casewhat's the point?


    19. Loooooved the illustrations. Story seemed a little sparse even for a children's book, but I liked (view spoiler)[ how nothing in the text revealed anything about how he made things happen and you only knew of the devices of those sinister little jewels from looking at the pictures (hide spoiler)]. I give it 3.5 stars total.


    20. the only reason why I picked up this book at the library was because it was illustrated by carson ellis. the illustration is what you would expect from carson ellis (beautiful). the book is another story. the storyline is pointless and I don't know what parents would want to read this to their child. I would give the book 0 stars and the illustration 5 stars.


    21. This was a disturbing and fascinating story at the same time. I thought the text was light, but the illustrations were excellent. Boy treated poorly gets revenge- what could be wrong with that? Would give to the 10 and up age group to appreciate the overall theme.


    22. Sort of Gorey, but without the artistic merit, and with a modicum of confusion. Where did the magic in the subtitle come from? I don't really mind that Dillweed commits murder and it makes his life so much, much better. I just want his methodology explained.


    23. Hmmm Illustrations by Carson Ellis were, as always, amazing. Story, feel like it could have been elaborated on more, it was very cryptic, most of my stars are for the drawings. Keep up the good work Carson Ellis!! :)


    24. Revenge, wicked spirits, murder-- it's not quite the kind of story to which young children should be exposed, even though that's the demographic it's aimed towards, but there is something so charming about the illustrations, the pace, even the typography of the story. Fascinating and disturbing.


    25. A book that deeply disturbs me. And what could be more interesting than that? Carson Ellis sells this creepy tale filled with simple sentences that leave much to the imagination. It's a juvenile book at my library, but I really don't know who I'd sell it to besides teens and adults.


    26. This one falls into that category of picture books that aren't really for kids. Dark, and hilarious! Reminiscent of Edward Gorey. Skorped is adorable. Would I read this to a child? Probably not! Would I buy it for myself? Definitely!


    27. Definitely not a picture book for younger readers, this is dark and a little macabre and very funny. The illustrations demand more time than the text, and it's the kind of story where an observant reader would notice new details each time.


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